1. Social Skills: Seven Things Everyone Should Know
  2. The 30 most important things about effective communication everyone must know
  3. Nine Things You Should Know About Interpersonal Skills
  4. How To Overcome Your Shyness, The Ultimate Guide
  5. A Simple Guide To Introverts
  6. How You Can Overcome Social Anxiety
  7. 25+ Effective Networking Tactics To Improve Your Networking Skills
  8. How To Master The Basic Meet And Greet
  9. Master The Power Pose In Two Minutes
  10. The 20 All-Time Best Pieces Of Relationship Advice Ever
  11. How To Build Great Professional Relationships
  12. 30+ Techniques About Killing It With Public Speaking
  13. How To Give Impromptu Speeches
  14. How To Be A Smart/Witty Talker
  15. How To Speak And Influence People Like Barack Obama
  16. The 20 Best Tips For Speaking Better
  17. 100+ Useful Techniques For Great Small Talk
  18. Question Skills: How We Can Be Great At Asking Questions
  19. How To Give Feedback
  20. Active Listening Skills (How To Be A Great Listener)
  21. Presentation Skills: How To Give Great Presentations
  22. Rhetoric: Using Language Better To Communicate Effectively And Persuasively
  23. How To Be Assertive
  24. A Simple Guide To Understanding Body Language
  25. 15+ Tricks That Will Help You Catch People Lying
  26. 11 Really Useful NLP Techniques
  27. A Simple Guide To Emotional Intelligence
  28. Empathy
  29. How To Be Charismatic
  30. How To Develop Presence
  31. How To Be Charming, Likeable, And Interesting
  32. Personality Development: How You Can Improve Your Personality
  33. 20+ Tips On Handling Difficult People
  34. How To Run And Participate In Effective Meetings
  35. Teamwork Skills: How To Work In A Team Effectively
  36. How To Make (And Refute) Arguments
  37. How To Win An Argument
  38. How To Criticize
  39. Seven Simple Ways To Give Praise
  40. How To Complain
  41. Culture Smarts: Taking In Cultural Cues From Across The World
  42. How To (Really) Control Your Emotions
  43. Basics Of Phone Etiquette
  44. A Simple Guide To Non-Verbal Communication

How To Master The Basic Meet And Greet




Meet and greet is the most common of all business interactions. The best tips that work have been summarized below:

 

1. Introduce yourself: Don’t think too much about how to introduce yourself, just make sure you do the introduction - 'name, department / job title' etc in a clear voice.

 

2. Group introductions: This is the place for the 15-second elevator speech people give when asked 'Tell me about yourself'. Other things to come prepared with: One interesting fact/story about yourself, your most embarrassing incident, five words that describe you, what your hobbies are (these will be interesting to the others in the group), and at company inductions, they also ask about 'If you weren’t doing this job, what you would do.

 

3. The handshake: With a smile, and making eye contact (twinkling, interested eyes)

 

4. To remember names: Listen carefully when it is being said, if you can't remember ask, repeat names when being told, think what's interesting about it (pronunciation, some associated imagery etc.)

 

5. Small talk: Make the other person feel important- listen and nod when that person is talking, be interested in that person ('where are you from?' etc), find some common ground /shared interests, avoid religion and politics (then tend to get contentious soon enough), don't cross the line, avoid excessive flattery, but sound sincere, talk clearly and slowly

 

6. Being a good listener: Follow the 'speak only when you have something important or useful to add to the conversation' rule, Active listening tactics: repeat / paraphrase what you just heard (which often gets the speaker to think more about it), try not to interrupt, watch the speaker's body language for cues to the message, Show empathy- showing you can see things from the speaker's point of view. Maintain eye contact.

 

7. Getting people to listen: Show confidence, bring stories/examples/quotes/humor into your talk, speak clearly (and slowly, depending upon the audience), be louder when speaking to a group, change the tone (sombre during serious stuff, vibrant during easy stuff, creating suspense through questions, etc), Ask people questions and they will be interested

 

8. To speak to someone you want to: Look for an opportunity (person is alone or approachable), don't be over-eager, be politely persuasive. ‘Do you mind if I ask you...?

 

9. Cutting off the small talk: ‘If you’ll excuse me, there’s something urgent I have to attend to, I hope we can speak again later’, smile and leave.

 

10. Snubs (someone ignores you, or says something to put your down): Grace and calm always. If they ignore, don't let them know you were affected by it. If someone criticizes your point, say ‘I’m sorry you think like that, could you explain more?’ If there is no reply, move on. Everyone is different. This too shall pass.

 

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